Lancashire-based photographer Alastair Lee once again turns his lens to his spiritual home, Pendle Hill, with his most atmospheric collection of images to date: Pendle: Witch Country. This book revisits the events that took place by Pendle in the seventeenth century, before chronicling the communities that now flourish beneath its flanks.
Lancashire-based multi-award-winning photographer and film-maker Alastair Lee once again turns his lens to his spiritual home: Pendle Hill. After the success of Alastair’s previous local publications, Forgotten Landscape (2004) and Pendle, Landscape of History and Home (2009) comes the third and most atmospheric collection of images to date: Pendle: Witch Country. This evocative book traces the contours of East Lancashire’s most distinctive landmark to revisit the infamous events that took place under its brooding presence in the seventeenth century, before chronicling the evolution of the vibrant communities that now flourish beneath its flanks. Celebrating the independent spirit of these upland dwellers and intimately capturing how Pendlefolk interact with this epic landscape, the pages of this illuminating book are permeated with the flora, fauna, farming and the very fabric of the hill – along with the occasional whisper of witchcraft.
Alastair Lee is a multi award winning photographer and filmmaker. He has been taking photographs since he first went travelling at the age of twenty, and his main focus in front of the camera has always been his passion for rock climbing and mountaineering. He is the author of seven books, including the acclaimed Pendle (Frances Lincoln, 2009), a collection of photographs of his beloved Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and Baffin Island (Frances Lincoln, 2012), a lavish photographic record of his expedition to Mount Asgard with world-renowned rock climber Leo Houlding. More than five years in the making, Lake District Mountain Landscape is his most ambitious book project. Over the past ten years Lee has also established himself as one of the world’s leading mountain and adventure filmmakers, scooping numerous awards at film festivals around the world: his 2008 release On Sight won the prestigious Grand Prize and Best Climbing Film award at the 2008 Kendal Mountain Film Festival. He followed this up with a trilogy of critically-acclaimed films with Leo Houlding: The Asgard Project – winner of 22 international awards, Autana and The Last Great Climb. Alastair lives in Lancashire with his partner, son and daughter.
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